RT / Police in Fort Meade, Maryland, have reported a “possible shooting” near the National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters. Several people might have been wounded in the incident, according to local media reports. Photos emerged on social media appearing to show a black van at the building’s entrance and a handcuffed man, possibly an attacker, sitting on the ground. Bullet holes are seen in the windshield of the van, which seems to have crashed into a barrier.
The FBI has sent personnel to respond to the incident, FBI Baltimore said on Twitter. The NSA says the incident is under control, according to local media citing the agency’s spokesman.
#BREAKING : @Chopper4Brad over the scene of an apparent shooting at the entrance of the NSA. At least one suspect appears to be taken into custody. pic.twitter.com/ptMpwkubGE
— Tom Lynch (@TomLynch_) February 14, 2018 Highway MD 32 is closed in both directions, local authorities said on Twitter. Drivers have been advised to take alternate routes and “expect long delays.”
All @AACoFD resources have been released from the incident at NSA. All release of information is being coordinated through the NSA/CSS Public and Media Affairs Office.
— Russ Davies (@AACountyFirePIO) February 14, 2018 US President Donald Trump has been “briefed on the shooting,” AP reports, citing White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters.
@AACoFD is assisting Fort Meade Fire Department with an incident at NSA. No additional information is available. @AACOPD is not the lead investigating agency. Questions should be referred to NSA and Fort Meade Public Affairs. @FortMead
— Anne Arundel Fire (@AACoFD) February 14, 2018 #Chopper4 showing bullet holes through windshield of SUV after it crashes into NSA campus entrance, at least one person in custody, possibly another shot, turn on @nbcwashington for updates #breakingnews pic.twitter.com/sNtCaJjIPR
— Brad Freitas (@Chopper4Brad) February 14, 2018 An official NSA statement reported that “shortly after 7:00am a vehicle attempted to enter [the] NSA’s secure campus in Ft. Meade, Maryland without authorization”.
The statement noted that “weapons were discharged in the course of the incident” and that “preliminary reports do not presently indicate that there are injuries attributable to gunfire” It indicates that “the FBI is presently leading the investigation.”
WJLA: NSA releases statement on shooting. Says "several individuals" hospitalized after unauthorized car drove onto Ft. Meade. Says early reports do not indicate anyone was shot at this time. pic.twitter.com/RnXVCDtbmy
— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) February 14, 2018 It is not the first attack on the NSA headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland. In 2015, one person was killed and two were injured after two men disguised as women rammed a stolen van into the gates of the agency.